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Following its introduction through the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) act, the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) was published by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, Department for Education and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) on 20 January 2011.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills published a new Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England (SASE) on 12 March 2013 that was implemented on 6 April 2013; View the document on the  Gov.UK website.

To support the new SASE the National Apprenticeship Service working with the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards (previously known as the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils) have produced two new sets of guidance and checklists to support developers of apprenticeship frameworks and Issuing Authorities, one for intermediate and advanced apprenticeship frameworks and a second for higher apprenticeship frameworks.


For further general information on the transitional arrangements visit the Apprenticeship Frameworks online Sector Skills Council website.


Important Notice Regarding the Skills Funding Agency’s Funding Template and the New SASE

As a result in the amendment to SASE, the Apprenticeship funding template has been modified. If you are submitting a Higher Apprenticeship which complies with the new SASE please ensure you complete the new Apprenticeship Funding Template April 2013

If you are making changes to an Intermediate Level or Advanced Level framework which also contains a Higher Apprenticeship which you are not changing please resubmit your original template along with the changes to the Intermediate or Advanced Level aims but leave the Higher Apprenticeship learning aims unchanged. Do not remove the Higher Apprenticeship learning aims as this will mean they are removed from LARA.


About SASE

The SASE sets out the minimum requirements to be included in a recognised English Apprenticeship framework and compliance with the SASE will be a statutory requirement of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning (ASCL) Act.

Visit the Apprenticeship Frameworks Online website to view frameworks that meet the SASE requirements.



There are three key roles involved in ensuring that we have SASE compliant frameworks: proposer; developer and issuing authority:


An organisation who has an idea for an Apprenticeship framework but who does not necessarily want to develop one, who is then encouraged to work with the relevant Sector Skills Council (SSC) to develop an appropriate framework

Framework Developer

The organisation who will develop the framework for submission to the Issuing Authority

Issuing Authority (SSC/UKCES commissioned body)

Organisations appointed by the Secretary of State in England to issue Apprenticeship frameworks for a particular sector. The Issuing Authority is responsible for ensuring that only those Apprenticeship frameworks which comply with the SASE are issued as recognised English Apprenticeship frameworks. There is only one Issuing Authority for each sector and they will support framework developers, if they wish to make sure that their frameworks comply with SASE requirements.

The Issuing Authority will issue their SASE compliant frameworks through the web portal managed by UKCES/Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards. They are required to notify the Skills Funding Agency and submit a completed list of qualifications within the framework along with an activity cost model. The Agency will then assign the appropriate funding rate for each framework and publish on the Learning Aims Reference Application (LARA).

NAS have agreed with UKCES and SSCs that the funding implementation date will be 4 weeks after the SASE compliant framework has been issued. This will allow the Agency to notify providers of the forthcoming framework and hence prepare for its implementation. 


ACE Centralised Payment System Launch 1 September 2013 – Provider Registration Required

Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) is introducing a new central payment system for the certification of Apprenticeships. Details about the different payment methods can be found in the draft guidance document. ACE has also developed some FAQs from some of the initial questions that providers involved in the pilot have asked. Both of these documents are located on the ACE website and future updates will be made available here.

This system is due to be implemented 1 September 2013 and to ensure that there is a smooth transition ACE requires all providers to register for a Finance User profile. By registering now ACE will be able to set up your profile prior to implementation.


Last Updated: 28/01/2014

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